The race of Matt Damon it could have been even higher, if possible. Since Avatar a Minority Report: previous sentence, the American actor declined roles and saw the possibility of directing the Oscar-winner pass Manchester by the sea, as explained on Friday in Cannes.
Passing through the festival to present his latest work, Stillwater, by Tom McCarthy, Damon talked about his decisions as an actor, always motivated “by who directs the film” and recalled those first days when together with Ben Affleck they knocked on the door of Hollywood presenting the script of In search of destiny.
Damon, 50, has starred in almost a hundred titles and shot with the most sought-after directors, from Steven Soderbergh to Ridley Scott to Christopher Nolan.
Matt Damon was one of the great attractions of the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, where he was the focus of the press conference to launch ‘Stillwater’. Photo Kate Green / Getty Images
But if the agenda had allowed him, he would not have declined Avatar (2009), by James Cameron, the highest grossing film in history. “James proposed to me to perform and 10%” of the proceeds, Damon said. “Now I would be a billionaire,” I “I would have bought a rocket and would be in space”, He said.
“I let the possibility of working with him escape; the next time I propose it, I will do it for free,” he said, before sentencing: “They will never meet an actor who has lost more money”.
He could also have acted alongside Tom Cruise in Minority Report: previous sentence and in Planet of the Apesby Tim Burton. But he had already committed to the release of the trilogy Bourne Y The big scam, which in the end contributed to his fame.
Damon has “been on the verge of directing several times”, as was the case with Manchester by the sea, of which he was a producer.
Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela shares the scene with a Matt Damon in the skin of Francois Pienaar, in the film “Invictus”. Photo AP Photo / Warner Bros., Keith Bernstein
Under the orders of Clint Eastwood in the film Invictus, Damon had no right to mistake. “Day one, take one. I ask Clint to start over and he says, ‘Why? Do you want to waste everyone’s time?'”
Whereas in The Good Shepherd, the actor was made in the “repetitive style” of Robert de Niro: for a scene he pronounced “the same seven lines for 44 minutes. You have to have a lot of discipline. “
For Damon, nothing to make him lose his passion for his job. After all, he has always wanted to be an actor. That is why, at age 50, he categorically states that it will only stop acting as soon as it loses its enthusiasm, although at the moment there is no hint that that moment is near.
“I really like doing this. I’ve always liked it. When I applied to college, my first sentence said that since I can remember I have wanted to be an actor“, He said
Of course, before rubbing shoulders with the big names in Hollywood, he had to make his way. But the script of In search of destiny, who wrote next to his friend Ben Affleck it changed everything.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck fought it from below, and from sleeping on a couch they went on to buy two Cherokees and win an Oscar. Photo AP Photo / Susan Sterner
“There were three of us in a horrible apartment, Ben slept on the couch and his legs were sticking out,” he remembers from a distance. But in 1994, they managed to sell the script. “We have never had so much money and we both We went straight to buy two Cherokees“.
The sum also allowed them to look for a better home and to prove their solvency, “we presented the cover of the magazine Variety who was talking about us. Without that item, we wouldn’t have been able to rent anything. ”Three years later, Damon and Affleck won the Oscar for best screenplay and the former was also nominated for best actor.
Married to the Argentine Luciana Barroso, with whom he has four children, Damon is glad that he is a “boring” guy and that the paparazzi are no longer interested in his private life. “They wouldn’t win a lot of money gambling in front of my house,” he said.
“Normally what sells is sex and scandals, and everyone knows that I am married and that I am a father. I am relatively free from controversy. The media are not compensated to wait in front of my house, “he said.
Luciana Barroso and Matt Damon, the happy couple does not give the yellow press or the paparazzi a topic of conversation.
The list of titles that have him as the protagonist or participant and that of directors with whom he worked, impresses, by Gus Van Sant (Promised land Y Looking…) to Martin Scorsese (Infiltrated), through George Clooney (Suburbicon: Welcome to Paradise), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Steven Soderbergh (Contagion), the Coen brothers (Value of law) and Clint Eastwood (Invictus).
“It has been a real privilege. If I had to work only with those who have already done it, I would consider myself lucky, although there are so many directors I would like to work with,” added Damon, who in turn admitted that he learned to economize his efforts.
“It’s not that I work less, it’s that I do it better,” he said, adding that having found the strategy that works for him has made him lose less time. His three children have also influenced this gradual change: “In a certain way you become more fragile. It is not so difficult for me to get certain emotions, such as joy or sadness. And that is the result of having been a father.”
As privileged as he knows he is, Damon is especially pleased with his friendships in the industry: “We all love this job. The only thing better than doing it with friends,” he said.
Damon admits to feeling luckier than his friend Brad Pitt, harassed by the press and immersed in endless post-marital conflict. AFP Photo / Gabriel Bouys
In that sense, he admitted feeling luckier than his friend Brad Pitt, a “so normal guy” but “surrounded by completely crazy people.” “I could not”. “I feel very lucky because I got the best of it: I can do the job I want and all this m … I keep it on the sidelines.”
Not at all a minor issue in a medium that, although it can be a fantastic business, “is also brutal.”
Source: AFP / Anna PELEGRI – EFE